The blog Facts About Religion states as its mission that it “chronicles interesting facts and ideas that aid one in critically examining and understanding traditional and dogmatic forms of religious belief.”
Basically it’s an anti-religion blog, which would be more accurately titled “Facts Against Religion”, since it only posts facts tending to cast religion in a negative light. It’s there not so much to help you understand religion — which implies neutrality — as to help you doubt religion.
Even calling it Facts Against Religion is dubious, since most of the “facts” provided are either anti-religion arguments formulated by the blog author, or the quoted opinions of scholars or experts in one field or another.
In my experience, most blogs welcome dissenting voices and like to foster discussion. Not, apparently, Facts About Religion. My comments have been allowed on occasion, but usually they are summarily deleted without explanation. To be fair, I have rarely seen any posted comments at all, so it may be that he doesn’t like comments generally, and is not picking on pro-religion commenters in particular.
In any event, since I am not allowed to rebut his posts on his own blog, from now on when I have something to say in response to a post of his, I’ll say it here rather than there.
In response to the post “How Can You Be Perfectly Happy Knowing Your Loved Ones Are Being Tortured in Hell“, the blog author asks his readers to watch the video of the Jordanian pilot being burned to death by ISIS, and then consider whether we could be happy in Heaven, knowing that our loved ones were suffering like this pilot, eternally in Hell.
This is an excellent question, and I answered it this way, in a comment which was later deleted:
First, hell is not literally a place where people burn in flames. We don’t know exactly what happens to people in hell. We don’t know that they constantly experience the same level of physical pain which someone experiences who is burned by fire. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.”
As I understand it, our souls are immortal and therefore will live forever, and the choice between heaven and hell is the choice between the things which ultimately can make us happy, and the things which ultimately cannot make us happy, forever.
I think that whether we end up in heaven or in hell is our choice, and the people in heaven will look upon the people in hell as getting what they wanted. Cardinal Newman once wrote that people who don’t like church will not like heaven. This is because the primary purpose of both church and heaven is to adore God. If you don’t like adoring God, then you will not be happy in heaven, and will therefore go to hell. The people who do like adoring God will be happy because they get to do so forever. If you dragged the people in hell to heaven against their will, they would not be any happier than they would be in hell.